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Colombia's oldest museum holds a vast collection of archeological artifacts, as well as modern art. The building itself is interesting — it's a former prison and many of the galleries are inside former prison cells.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Carrera 7 N. 28-66, Bogota 110311, Colombia
+57 1 3816470
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All reviews colombian history old jail modern times non spanish speakers modern art great building juan valdez worth a visit third floor colonial times free admission art pieces rainy day works of art botero paintings few hours on display
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The collection is nice but is a mixture of things that are coming together. When you see indigenous art you expect to not see sculptures or modern things. Is like they put together what they had. The building is somehow claustrophobic, it was an old...More

Thank ElenaP2205
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter and I decided to visit the museum to get to know more about Colombian history. Is a 2 to 3 hour tour, more if you are interested in something in particular. Very nice display although is mostly for spanish speaking visitors. Will go...More

Thank dianakyohil
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I’ve been in Colombia for a few months now and to be honest it’s a bit embarrassing how little cultural activities I’ve participated in. So the other day I decided to go and check out Colombia’s largest and oldest museum, the Colombian National Museum in...More

Thank Culinary-Consultants
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum was an interesting blend of art, culture, and history. Especially liked the emphasis of indigenous people and the Botero collection from when he was still finding his style. They did not shy from their bloody past but tried to describe and explain it,...More

Thank Marcella S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the museum to view a special collection of the early works of Botero. The docent gave us a brief lecture before we entered the exhibit on the life of Botero and this information really helped us. The rest of the museum is...More

Thank Dr_Kello
Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

We went there, because it was an exposition of paitings of the great Colombian artist Fernando Botero. Many paintings from his youth. We really enjoyed. Look at some fotos

Thank pesadilla a
Reviewed 19 August 2018

The Museum, which is located in a nice neighborhood, is worthwhile visiting if you'd like to lean more about the story of Colombia. It is housed in a beautiful building and some of the works of art are interesting and beautiful.

Thank Misterpepito
Reviewed 23 July 2018

I had a couple of hours between two business meetings and my time was well spent. The displays had been well organized.

Thank hanshahne
Reviewed 11 July 2018

The museum has a very interesting layout in that it is intentionally arranged to invite dialogue and connections between historical points of view. It is not set up by time period or culture, but instead has artifacts intermingled to tell the whole story. True, that...More

Thank RamsEyes
Reviewed 9 July 2018

The old city jail was transformed into a city museum with anthropologic gold artifacts and paintings from the colony up to modern times. we didn't have time to see all of it because we had an hour before going to the airport. There is also...More

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Response from Hernan O | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is. Visiting on working days is preferred than going on the weekends. You can visit after 10:00 a.m. And I believe they close at 4:00 p.m.